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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find the answer to your question below, please contact us to assist further.

What are the Horizontal Falls?

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Located in the Buccaneer Archipelago, Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls Marine Park was established in 2016 as part of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.

Here in the turquoise water of Talbot Bay, the powerful and fast-moving tidal currents squeeze through two narrow gorges of the McLarty Range, pushing the water into rapids and whirlpools that rush through the twin gaps at an astonishing rate, producing waterfall-like flow turned on its side. This natural phenomenon is called the Horizontal Falls and it is only accessible by air or boat.

Horizontal Falls flow on most days throughout the year with exception of neap tides when the tidal movements are minimal. During slow water days, the tidal movements are minimal, meaning the horizontal waterfalls are relatively inactive making for a scenic boat cruise and an opportunity to take in spiritual and historical significance of the area in a more relaxed setting.

What do I need to bring on my trip?

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Day tours – a small backpack (no more than 2kg per person), refillable water bottle, sun protection, camera, swimwear, towel, any personal items or medication you may require during the tour

Overnight tours – a small backpack (no more than 5kg per person), refillable water bottle, sun protection, camera, swimwear, towel, change of clothes and essential toiletries as required, any personal items or medication you may require during your stay. Small amount of BYO alcohol is allowed but needs to be included in the hand luggage allowance.

Please note that luggage cannot be combined with multiple guests.

Do I need to bring money?

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All meals are provided onboard our pontoon as part of your tour. Merchandise and souvenirs can be purchased with Mastercard/Visa (1.42% credit card surcharge applies) or cash.

Merchandise and drinks can also be purchased at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

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Absolutely. Simply advise us of your requirements upon booking so our chefs can arrange the appropriate catering.

Can I do a Horizontal Falls seaplane Adventures if I’m pregnant?

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We strongly advise that women who are at any stage of their pregnancy seek professional medical advice prior to travel.

Are children welcome on a Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure tour?

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Children are welcome however minimum age for all tour guests is 4 years. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult carer at all times to ensure safety.

Do you offer transfers to and from accommodation?

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Yes, we offer complimentary transfers to and from most major Broome and Derby hotels, motels and caravan parks. We do not pick up from residential addresses, AirBnB properties or Birdwood Downs Station. Transfers are not included for tours departing from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Guests travelling on tours ex-Cygnet Bay are required to make their own way to the departure location in time for the tour. If you are booked on a tour ex-Cygnet Bay, we recommend that you arrive and stay in the area from the night prior.

Are there any ages and weight restrictions?

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Children must be four years or older. Due to safety requirements on the Horizontal Falls seaplanes, there is a passenger weight limit maximum of 120kgs and minimum of 15kgs.

Can I do the overnight tour from Broome?

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We do offer overnight tours from Broome, these tours include a bus transfer from Broome to Derby. Please note that seats are limited.

How long is the flight to Talbot Bay?

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The flight from Broome to Talbot Bay takes approximately 1hr 15 minutes, and from Derby, the flight is approximately 40 minutes.

How and when do I need to pay for my tour booking?

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Full payment is required at the time of making a booking. Payments can be made either with a Mastercard or Visa (1.42% credit card surcharge applies) or via Direct Deposit (minimum 14 days prior to departure date) to our bank account. Booking made online can only be paid with a credit card.

Please note that no cash or Eftpos payments are accepted.

What are the terms and conditions associated with a booking?

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You can access the full Booking Terms & Conditions here.

Do tours run all year round?

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No. Horizontal Falls is a seasonal attraction, so Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures only operates tours seasonally, and the commencement and conclusion dates are subject to change each year. Our 2024 season commences on 6th April 2024 and tours operate through to 8th November 2024.

During the season, to ensure that passengers have the best possible experience witnessing the incredible tidal power of the Horizontal Falls, we do not operate on days when there are neap tides. Neap tides are when there is the smallest difference between low and high tides.

What are marine park fees?

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To ensure the conservation and preservation of the Lalang-garram / Horizontal Falls Marine Park, and to provide opportunities for Dambeemangarddee Traditional Owner employment, fees apply to all visitors – this is included within your final tour cost.

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures collects fees on behalf of the marine park’s joint management body comprising the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions and the Dambeemangarddee Aboriginal Corporation.

Fees included are as follows:

  • $5.50 per person for day visitors;
  • $17.00 per adult and $7.20 per child (4-12 years inclusive) for overnight stays;
  • $10.50 per passenger older than five (5) years for helicopter or fixed wing scenic flights from the marine park.

Is alcohol available for purchase on half day and full day tours?

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For safety reasons, no alcohol is to be consumed on day or half day tours. Overnight guests are welcome to BYO.

Is WiFi available on board?

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Unfortunately, there is no access to guest Wifi onboard our vessels and houseboats.

What is Slow Water?

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During slow water dates, the tidal movements are minimal meaning the horizontal waterfall is relatively inactive making for a scenic boat cruise and an opportunity to take in spiritual and historical significance of the area in a more relaxed setting. 

Can I bring my CPAP machine?

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CPAP machines can be brought on board for overnight tours however they must be included in the hand luggage allowance. Guests should also be aware of regular power outages in the middle of the night due to our power being supplied by generators.

Are there power outlets on board?

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Power outlets are available on-board for overnight guests for both overnight and luxury overnight guests.

What sort of footwear is required?

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For the safety of all guests and crew, our tours strictly require the wear of closed toed shoes only. Guests wearing flip flops or sandals will be turned away at boarding.

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